Dryer sheets are a part of the laundry routine for a lot of people. For years, it was something that I HAD to have included with every single load. If I ran out, panic ensued because there was NO WAY I was putting OUR clothes into the dryer without dryer sheets! TUH!!
About a year or so ago, I started hearing about the dangers of those little sheets of smell-good loveliness so I decided to do some research to see what all the talk was about. I was so shocked to find out that I had been polluting my home, and our bodies with so many harmful chemicals that could actually make my family sick!! Just to give you a glimpse of some of the things I found:
- The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission does not require manufacturers to list the ingredients used to make the sheets which includes the chemicals used to make them smell so pretty. I mean, they can’t be using anything that’s that bad, right? WRONG.
- The chemicals coming out of the dryer vents after dryer sheets were used (and we don’t know what those are based on my first bullet point) are going into our lungs.
- The chemicals used to make dryer sheets have been blamed for health problems such as respiratory issues, runny noses, asthma attacks, skin issues, GASTROINTESTINAL symptoms (SERIOUSLY?!), migraines, and skin issues.
- One hazardous air pollutant found in the dryer vents where dryer sheets were used – acetaldehyde.
- Oh, what is that you ask? According to dictionary.com, it’s just “a colorless, volatile liquid aldehyde obtained by oxidizing ethanol.” That’s all.
Shall I go on?!
Now, insert Dryer Balls into my life. These are becoming more popular and are not just a fad that is getting its 15 minutes of fame and then you will hear no more. These are here to stay!! At least for my family they are!
You can find easy ways to make your own dryer balls online, but these are the ones I purchased for my home and I love them. They can be used alone but I really love that I can add any combination of my EOs with these and my laundry comes out smelling AHMAZING. Plus, the dryer balls last up to 1,000 cycles so I’m saving money in addition to keeping my family safe and healthy!!
Here are a few of my favorite combinations. Each time you add the oils, they should last through 3 cycles in the dryer, but I tend to add more oils every two cycles, usually because I like for certain things to have a special scent to them (like my towels for instance).
POSSIBLE OILS COMBINATIONS FOR FUTURE USE:
(I use 3 balls per load so I add drops to each ball)
- 3 drops of Lavender, 3 drops of Orange
- 3 drops of Purification on 1 ball, 3 drops of Melaleuca alternifolia on the other 2 balls (good for sick kids when drying their sheets)
- 3 drops of Orange and 3 drops of Stress Away.
- 3 drops of lavender, 2 drops of Lemon, 1 drop of Peppermint (great during allergy season when drying sheets).
- 3 drops of Purification and 3 drops of Lavender (this is my favorite combo for sheets and towels)
You can use as many or as few EO combos you choose. Play around with these and remember to jot down the ones you loved best so you don’t forget them!
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Disclaimer (because I have to have one): I’m not a doctor and this is not medical advice. This information is not meant to diagnose, treat, or cure disease. Always consult with your physician prior to making significant changes. I am simply an Essential Oils Enthusiast who wants the world to know that this oily life rocks!!
About the blogger:
Carlyce John is an Essential Oils educator for Young Living. She loves sharing information on how essential oils, along with other holistic practices, can help you attain and maintain wellness of body, mind and spirit. She truly has a passion for living a chemical free, holistic lifestyle.
She is a wife and a mother of three. In her spare time she also serves as a Mentor and Club Leader (Slavic Village) for Young Lives-Cleveland Chapter where she mentors teenage moms and their children, leading them toward the love of Christ.